SUNDERLAND RCA, looking to make it three wins on the bounce, led until the 76th minute before conceding two goals to Consett in last night’s Ebac Northern League First Division game.
Tony Coe capitalised on a defensive error and chipped keeper Barry Poskett, who was making his debut for Consett following his move yesterday from Ryhope CW.
RCA defended stoically and cleared the ball off the line on four occasions before Josh Gray hit a tremendous shot from 35 yards into the top corner of the net to level, giving keeper Jonathan Carmichael no chance.
With five minutes remaining, Consett’s Mattie Slocombe and Clayton Davis (RCA) were simultaneously red-carded and three minutes from time goal-scoring predator Michael Mackay converted a cross by Chris Moore for the winner.
Jarrow Roofing missed the chance to go top when they lost 2-1 at managerless Whitley Bay.
Peter Watling and David Berry gave them a two-goal cushion and after Malky Morien halved the deficit.
Newcastle Benfield remain eighth from bottom but are now nine points ahead of Sunderland RCA, who occupy the last relegation place.
The Tynesiders won a nine-goals thriller at Celtic Nation with strikes by Richie Slaughter, Stephen Baptist, Mark Convery and Dan Taylor who bagged a brace.
Tyler Bowman, Matthew Brown and Simon Tucker (2) replied for the Carlisle outfit who are fifth from the basement.